It took a little longer than expected, but the District 6-5A title is back in the hands of the St. Paul’s Wolves.
Outscoring Fontainebleau 28-0 in the second half, the Wolves pulled off the come-from-behind victory, beating the Bulldogs 35-17 on Friday night at the Dawg Pound.
The win secured the district championship for St. Paul’s (9-1, 7-0). It’s the 10th district championship the Wolves have either won outright or shared in the past 11 seasons.
“It’s always tough coming to play here,” Wolves coach Ken Sears said. “Our kids responded and showed a tremendous amount of competitiveness to battle back from behind tonight. What can you say? Our team has a tremendous amount of character, grit and finished it out right.”
Trailing 17-7 at halftime, the Wolves took their first possession of the second half 57 yards on six plays, culminating in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Sears to Matt Meyers to cut the lead to 17-14.
After forcing Fontainebleau to punt, the Wolves took the lead for good when Corey Williamson scored on a 3-yard run to cap an eight-play, 51-yard drive.
Williamson added another touchdown run in the fourth quarter, this time from 30 yards, and Deonte’ Sorapuru added a 48-yard interception return for a score to cap the night for St. Paul’s.
“We just talked about continuing to play our game at the half,” Ken Sears said. “We had a bunch of penalties and things that just didn’t go our way. We kind of got bent out of shape. We just had to refocus and play each play as hard as we can and focus on the game itself.”
Finishing the game with 157 passing yards, Kenny Sears said he believes his squad has achieved the team goal of hosting a first-round playoff game next week in the Division I select postseason.
“It’s everything,” he said. “This senior class only got five home games this season. We want at least one more. We have lost in the playoffs in the first round for the past four seasons. We want that homefield advantage to help us get that playoff win.”
St. Paul’s wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, taking the opening kickoff 70 yards on seven plays for a 7-0 lead when Sears found TJ Bedford for a 9-yard touchdown.
In arguably their most impressive drive of the season, Fontainebleau answered with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a Mason Blocker to Cole Sisung 5-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7.
Blocking a Wolves punt inside the St. Paul’s 20-yard line on the ensuing possession, Sean Spiess gave Fontainebleau a 10-7 lead on a 36-yard field goal.
Forcing St. Paul’s high-powered offense to punt again on the ensuing possession, Fontainebleau scored again on another long drive. This time it was 92 yards on nine plays, capped by a Blocker to Austin Lamberston 12-yard TD pass to give the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead at halftime.
“Give credit to St. Paul’s,” Fontainebleau coach Chris Blocker said. “They have a good program. We came out in the first half with a really good game plan. We stuck to it, and the kids played with a lot of energy. We had a really good first half. We just started to wear down in the second half and just didn’t play well.”